Re: Firing of Atlanta fire chief by Atlanta mayor Dear Editor All hail the firing of homophobic Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, for distribution of homophobic religious literature, to Atlanta City employees. Mayor Kasim Reed is to be commended, for his actions. Former Fire Chief Cochran whines about discrimination, based on religious belief, but no [...]

Forty-nine and fresher than ever

For 2015, Glendale, Ariz. hosts Super Bowl XLIX and, unlike in years past, caps off a season of controversial calls, wife beaters, a dog mishandlers quasi-redemption and, oh, yes, the NFL’s very first openly gay player. Sam he is. But if you want to chop through the thicket of information screaming for your attention on [...]

Celebrating 50 years of the International Imperial Court System

Fifty years ago, World War II veteran Jose Julio Sarria was crowned Empress I of San Francisco, thus planting the seed of the International Imperial Court System that grew into a royal oak tree, with branches extending through Canada, the United States and Mexico. The International Imperial Court System currently has chapters in over 68 [...]


The first time I did taxes for Greg and Linda, I was blindsided. They were married the summer before they became my clients. Both of them had only ever received refunds on their tax returns. And this year, they owed money to Uncle Sam. A lot, too. I, like my new clients, hadn’t really internalized [...]

Eleven women testify about nude photos in revenge porn trial

Eleven women have told a jury about the consequences of their nude photos being posted online by the operator of a “revenge porn” Web site that demanded money in exchange for the pictures to be taken down. Twenty more women were expected to testify after the extortion and identity theft trial opened Jan. 16 against [...]

Filth, fists and femmes

The recent cold snap brought to the TV screen the exotic town of Alpine and that wonder of nature, snow. Frolicking families made angels on the fluffy stuff, threw snow balls, skied, etc. Not filmed was the popular act of writing one’s name in the cold, white canvas; a feat enjoyed solely by the boys. [...]

Jane Lawless is back in ‘The Old Deep and Dark’

Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines – again. By now, it shouldn’t surprise you. He’s in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news; that’s the way stardom works. Then again, as you’ll see in the new mystery The Old Deep [...]

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Mayor Faulconer’s ‘State of the City’

The annual “State of…” speeches by presidents, governors and mayors have become an American tradition when they inform citizens what their priorities, mayoral projects and goals for the year will be. City Council candidate Chris Ward picked me up and we went to hear Mayor Faulconer’s first such address. It was a good, solid, well [...]

Brooklyn Girl confessions

I confess it was love at first sight. You had me at “farm to table”. I was charmed by your shabby chic style, your sassy offbeat sophistication. I admit my adoration has only grown through the years. Or was it love at first bite? Brooklyn Girl, since opening their doors in 2011, has been the [...]

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